nail in the coffin


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nail in the coffin

An event, decision, action, etc., that can or will lead to the failure or cessation of something. The candidate's uncouth comment about the lower class was the final nail in the coffin. That class action lawsuit could be a nail in the coffin of a company that has already seen its fair share of controversy.
See also: coffin, nail

a nail in the coffin

an action or event regarded as likely to have a detrimental or destructive effect on a situation, enterprise, or person.
1981 R. Lancaster Plant Hunting in Nepal A major nail in the coffin of the plant hunter, so some people believe, is the growing importance placed on plant conservation in the wild.
See also: coffin, nail
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Referring to the election of Labour politician Sadiq Khan, a Muslim, the tweet from her account said: "A muslim being London Mayor is the 1st nail in the coffin for the UK.
Greg WELSH club rugby is dying on its feet and now the powers that be want to put another nail in the coffin.
Every week when I go to my motorcycle meeting over Nuneaton way, I go past yet another nail in the coffin and great industry - Daw Mill Colliery which I may add has now been reduced to rubble, apart from the winding gear.
Every setback for that place,'' he said, ``is another nail in the coffin for that area.
4) It puts a final nail in the coffin for expecting a government-funded LTC program.
The only thing anyone needs to know about adopting the euro is that it is the final nail in the coffin of Britain's sovereignty.
The trouble is that many of the viewers of Mr Winston's new series will not know this,and therefore I am concerned that this series, although interesting and well presented, will be yet another nail in the coffin of the truth about our origins as humans.
The appearance of Luca Mola's exhaustive case study of the silk industry in fifteenth -- and sixteenth -- century Venice is one more nail in the coffin of the depression thesis.
I think the global credential could be another nail in the coffin of our rightfully proud profession.
Jaskot has nonetheless put another nail in the coffin of Leon Krier's extraordinary attempt to exonerate the Nazi monuments by removing them from their political context.
I think it will be the final nail in the coffin, so to speak.
This bill is just one more nail in the coffin of family life," she said.
Called "another nail in the coffin of financial privacy" by Financial Privacy Report Publisher Mike Ketcher, the new rules would force anyone sending more than $750 abroad to provide identification to the financial institution wiring the money and have the transaction reported to the Treasury Department.
In contrast to the conventional view of blackface minstrelsy as the nail in the coffin of antebellum racial stasis, Brown sees it--rightly, I think--as an arena in which ripping social transformation was registered and even activated.
to mothball its Thunder Bay division could turn out to be the last nail in the coffin for several area sawmills.